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September 2007

By RBA - September 11th, 2007, 10:27, Category: General

Today we're launching yet one more feature!

If you have a coRank site (or if you would like to create one), now you can configure it so that whenever you - or someone else - submit a story or web page, coRank can save a cached copy of the original page to your site (this excludes pages submitted via an RSS feed). This way, if the original page is gone in the future, you can still access its original content.

Search within those saved pages is not yet available, but it will be soon. With that in hand, in addition to the many different kinds of web sites one can already build with coRank, it is now possible to create a permanent repository of whatever is submitted. Permament because you no longer depend on the original page to stay live should you need access to its content. As long as you keep your coRank site, the information will always be there as well. This is also a feature that enables people to create their personal or collective bookmarking area that will endure the test of time.

At this point only web pages are "cacheable". That is, if you submit a direct link to a video, mp3, image, etc. (anything but a web page), a local copy will not be created.

If active, a "cached" link will appear for each story whose original page has been cached (see image above). It's all done pretty much the way Google and Yahoo handle cached pages, except that in coRank your cached page is not periodically updated - it really is a snapshot of the page the moment it was submitted (you will be able to update cached pages if you want, though).

This feature can be requested (it is not in closed beta) by going to the Advanced tab in your coRank's admin pages.

By RBA - September 10th, 2007, 0:10, Category: General

Yesterday we quietly rolled out several new and exciting features for coRank site owners.

  1. You can now let other users (all or just a selected group) edit submitted stories, wiki-style if you please. This sounds simple, but in fact it opens the door for the kind of sites you can build with coRank. Now collaboration doesn't have to be only at the "submitting story" level but also at the editorial level. Of course, all changes are registered, and everyone has access to the change history:



  2. You can now assign certain privileges to individual users. So for example, you could only allow a small group of people being able to submit stories or edit submitted stories. This is perfect if you don't allow others to submit stories to your site, but still would like some people to help out.



  3. You can now assign site co-admins. In other words, you don't have to be the only one managing your own site - unless you really want to. Just be careful and give this privilege to people you really trust.

  4. View latest comments with one click. We've added one more tab "Talking about". Clicking on it you'll be able to see the latest comments left. That way, especially on sites with low commenting activity you won't miss it when someone leaves a new comment. And RSS feed for comments is coming soon!

Now for the last feature (latest comments), if you already have a coRank site, this tab will be present in all your site's pages except for the index page. If you would like to add a tab there, all you need to do is to edit the index.html file and add the following line:

<li class="hie"><a href="/comments">Talking about...</a></li>

rigth where the rest of the tabs are defined (hopefully you'll be able to locate these. Contact usif you have any problems).

For site owners who have requested the Full Edit option, things are a bit more tricky, because you already own your own set of templates for your site (and we do not update them) so you need to do the update yourself. Soon we'll offer an auto-update feature but that is still in the works. By the way, if you're not sure whether you have the Full Edit option activated in your site, it's very easy: if you haven't requested it, you don't have it. If you did, then it's active and you'll see a Full Edit tab in your site's admin pages.

Sites with the Full Edit option active will need to add that same line we indicated above to the following files (again, at the right place, something we expect you'll be able to figure out, as the Full Edit option is meant for advanced users only):

indexAll.html
indexAllCat.html
indexAllCatUpcoming.html
indexAllUpcoming.html
indexMy.html
indexMyCat.html
indexMyUpcoming.html
indexTop.html
myFrontPage.html
myFrontPage0.html

And that's it for now!

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